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McLaughlin to meet Barnett on STEM places for Magee

12 November, 2012 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Maeve McLaughlin MLA (Foyle) is to meet with University of Ulster vice-Chancellor, Richard Barnett next week to press for the additional STEM places announced in last weeks Executive initiative to be located at Magee Campus.

Maeve McLaughlin said:

"I have secured a meeting next week with vice-Chancellor Richard Barnett with the intention of reminding him of commitments in regard to expansion of the Magee Campus. I will impress on him the opportunity to demonstrate the sincerity of these promises presented by the announcement of an additional 500 STEM places included in the Executive announcement. I have also written to DEL Minister, Stephen Farry seeking a meeting to press for delivery on previous commitments to increase student numbers at Magee Campus by 1000. 

"The jobs initiative announced by the First and deputy First Ministers, last week included a pledge to ' further build our skills base in priority areas by funding 500 additional undergraduate STEM places per annum'.

"I will be reminding the Minister of his Party's manifesto commitment to the substantial expansion of the Magee Campus prior to the last election. He now has the opportunity to go some way to fulfil that pledge.

"I also invite all of the other Foyle MLA's to join me in a cross party delegation to meet the Minister once the meeting is secured. There can be no room for complacency or party politicking on this issue. We must demonstrate a strong case for Derry as a 'priority' area and Magee as a catalyst project for  Derry City's 'One Plan' regeneration strategy and do so with one clear voice."

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